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Chocolate Trees for Valentine's Day

Love Trees

Generally speaking, I love trees, even those I must admire from a distance, such as the love-tree, a.k.a. the cacao, Theobroma cacao, from which chocolate is derived. Not only is chocolate associated with romance—most notably on Valentine’s Day—it can potentially help us feel more lovey-dovey thanks to some of the chemicals the tree produces.

Native to Central America, the cacao tree grows almost exclusively within about twenty degrees latitude either side of the…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 5, 2019 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Firewood for Charity (F4C) - January 12, 2019 - Getting Ready for Next Winter!

Happy New Year!  and Happy New Name!  We're now Firewood for Charity (F4C) and I'm pleased to announce that Dave Keebler is the winner of the naming contest.  Dave receives a $20 gift card to use as he pleases.  Dave is very creative and hard working and.....a happy winner! 

Congratulations and thanks Dave!

It was a bit…

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Added by Dean Faklis on January 14, 2019 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Class on Invasive Forest Pests

Emerging Invasive Forest Pests: Identification, Prevention & Management

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM

Where: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Center, Classroom A, 40 West Main Street, Canton NY

Cost: $10.00 Includes lunch and materials.

Pre-registration required; please call (315) 379-9192. For information, email…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 20, 2018 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Timber Taxes

Many woodland owners harvest timber, yet wonder how to handle (optimize) the tax liability.  The "go to" website is www.timbertax.org

Another resource is from the USFS Timber Tax team and their annual timber tax "tips" attached here  TaxTips2018.pdf

Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments

New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/news/new-smithsonian-study-links-declines-suburban-backyard-birds-presence-nonnative-plants?fbclid=IwAR0v_un3xd1Bl3QBF0sIxrJ0tcTtkIgjkTOMdaIQSGGn3e_pH_KGWyChQCw

Added by Lew Ward on November 17, 2018 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - November 9, 2018 - New Load of Solar Energy Arrives!

A new mountain of great timber was donated and delivered to the landing today by the Wagner Companies.  We're extremely grateful to our partners at Wagner Hardwoods for their strong and continuing support.  David needed a wide angle lens to capture all of the wood!  There's good work to do on this mountain of logs and Eileen is in the process of scheduling upcoming C4C gatherings.…

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Added by Dean Faklis on November 14, 2018 at 10:03am — No Comments

Northern NYS EAB Info Meeting--Help Pass the Word

Run, Dorothy—Emerald City is Falling

Watertown is poised to become an Emerald City, but that’s not good news. Jefferson and Lewis will soon be Emerald Counties, and St. Lawrence County began the process of change two years ago. Unfortunately, this kind of transformation does not involve happy…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 5, 2018 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 13, 2018 - Firewood Finds New Homes!

I'm happy to report that 2018's hard work is paying off for Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/), The Rotary and NYFOA.  The team from the Walworth-Ontario Rotary came to work on Saturday October 13 and picked up another six face cords for their patrons in and near Wayne County.  I asked Jonathan Wordingham, the team's leader, to take some pics:…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 16, 2018 at 7:24am — No Comments

Foresters Need Laughter, Too

Evolution, Just for Fun

Every time I make primordial soup, it tastes terrible, but maybe some element is missing.

Roughly four billion years ago in the original batch of soup—or possibly it was a stew or even a souffle; that detail is a bit hazy—single-celled organisms first made an…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on October 13, 2018 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment

Cull Tree Treatment

If you enjoy working in your woodlot and struggle with the undesirable trees that you may not have time and skill to safely fell, this study is designed to find a solution for you.

Many woodland owners have a large number of undesirable trees, or large trees, they would like to kill, yet they lack the skill or time to safely fell these trees. Felling also may not be desirable because of the risk of damage to nearby…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 30, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Tree Planting and Care Workshop

Plant a Tree or Rental It: Your Choice

Planting a tree isn’t rocket science, which is good thing. If it were that complex, I’d wager we’d have a lot fewer trees lining our streets. It may not take a scientist to plant a tree correctly, but a lot of money is spent each year to buy and plant trees which may as well be leased, because they will only live a fraction of their…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 30, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Porcelain Berry: Not Fragile Enough

Porcelain Berry

A total lunar eclipse is likely more common than the swift removal of a novel invasive plant infestation, but fingers are crossed that such a thing happened in St. Lawrence County this summer. The plant eradication, I mean—we all know about the celestial event this past July, the first central lunar eclipse since June 2011. Thanks to the sharp eyes of Dr. Tony Beane, a Professor of Veterinary Science at SUNY Canton who is also an avid naturalist, an exotic vine capable…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 30, 2018 at 3:17pm — No Comments

New Tick Species

Water-Skiing With Invasive Ticks



Years ago I read an author interview, and while I don’t recall her name, an image she raised has stayed with me—something to the effect that writing ought to feel as if you were water skiing behind your work. Usually, I find this to be the case. However, when I tried to water-ski behind a new invasive tick that reproduces without mating, drains the blood from livestock, and potentially carries an Ebola-like disease, something changed. A few topics… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 10, 2018 at 7:13am — 1 Comment

Forest Vegetation Management - FVM Network

Cornell's ForestConnect program is facilitating a network of forest vegetation practitioners to identify research needs and collectively build knowledge of safe and effective techniques. This network will focus on vegetation management in forest and woodlot environments using herbicide, mechanical or livestock methods. 

   You can help this network and identify needs…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 5, 2018 at 9:01am — No Comments

Colors Tell You Which to Cull

The First Shall Not Last

Paul Hetzler

Seems like competitiveness may be part of human DNA. But it does not always pay to be first.



No prize awaits the fastest car that passes a radar patrol, or the first person to come down with the flu at the office. And for trees, the first ones to turn color in autumn are not envied by their peers. If trees experience envy, which no one knows. The first trees to show orange and red and drop their leaves are telling us to get quotes from… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 4, 2018 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Fall Meeting of NY Nut Growers to be Held in Steuben County on September 15th

The fall meeting of the NY Nut Growers Association will be held on Saturday, September 15th at the Albers Tree Farm, 6499 Wilbur Creek Road, Bath, NY and the Lisbin Tree Farm, 3361 Parker Road, Avoca, NY.  This will be a walking tour and discussion of new plantings of chestnut, hazelnut, hickory and walnut trees.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information and to register please visit nynga.org.   

Added by Carl Albers on August 23, 2018 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Breeders Seek NYS American Hazelnut Seeds/Plants

From the New York Growers Association website:  nynga.org, Professor Thomas Molnar, a hazelnut breeder at Rutgers University, would like to obtain seeds of the American hazelnut, Corylus americana for use in their breeding program. The goal is to select superior individuals for Eastern Filbert Blight resistance, for cold hardiness, and for boosting genetic diversity available in hybrid hazelnuts. The nuts will be grown out by a team of researchers, and the best will be propagated and…

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Added by Carl Albers on August 23, 2018 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Northeast Timber Growing Contest - August 20, 2018 - There's Still Time to Enter!

I'm in here typing when I should be out there thinning my contest plots!  Since the days are getting cooler, I wanted to post a few notes on the Northeast Timber Growing Contest so that interested folks can consider joining in on the fun in 2018.

The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small…

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Added by Dean Faklis on August 20, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

Northeast Timber Growing Contest - August 20, 2018 - There's Still Time to Enter!

I'm in here typing when I should be out there thinning my contest plots!  Since the days are getting cooler, I wanted to post a few notes on the Northeast Timber Growing Contest so that interested folks can consider joining in on the fun in 2018.

The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small…

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Added by Dean Faklis on August 20, 2018 at 9:52am — No Comments

Breeders Seek NYS American Hazelnut Seeds/Plants

Tom Molnar the hazelnut breeder at Rutgers University and Shawn Mehlenbacher the hazelnut breeder at Oregon State University would like to obtain native American hazelnut, Corylus americana seeds/plants from across NYS.  American hazelnut has good resistance to Eastern filbert blight and has good cold hardiness, unfortunately the nut quality isn't as good (size, shell thickness) as with the European hazelnut.  The breeders would like to increase the American hazelnut genetic material they…

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Added by Carl Albers on August 11, 2018 at 1:24pm — No Comments

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How long do brush cutter blades work?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management on Monday. 0 Replies

I dunno maybe it's because time flies when it's multiflora rose and buckthorns that are getting whacked. It seems that these blades are needing retirement after 8 or so hours.   Is this typical for this type of material. WIde range of material but…Continue

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Nitrogen fixing bacteria for Alder trees

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn on Friday. 7 Replies

I am thinking of starting some alder trees from seed for planting into an area that does not and has not hosted alders.  How can I gain the nitrogen fixing bacteria for inoculation of the roots ?  Continue

Seeking advice on controlling oriental bittersweet

Started by Kristen Whitbeck in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Lew Ward Apr 15. 2 Replies

A student in my silviculture class is seeking relayed the scenario below. If anyone has any tips or tricks I will gladly pass them along. Thanks in advance!"Oriental bittersweet is choking out my mature white pine trees and my mature apple trees.…Continue

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Are Gall's a reason to cull Hickory trees?

Started by Thomas Wilson in Forest Health. Last reply by Ron Goodger Apr 7. 8 Replies

I'll take a photo, but in the meantime....I have a lot of bitternut hickory and some shagbark as well.  I haven't yet noticed any on the shagbark, but about half of the bitternut have gall's.  They get up to about 3 inches in diameter.  Some tree's…Continue

Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Mar 19. 11 Replies

Even after the timely discussion of "green lie" this week, I am still unsure of the best method to eliminate grassy vegetation around the pine, cedar and oak seedlings we are putting in this spring. I feel this is very important because we lost a…Continue

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating Mushrooms

Started by Lew Ward in Forest Health Feb 27. 0 Replies

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating MushroomsControl of Amellaria Shoe-string Rot Fungushttps://youtu.be/FPeBYnGwo4YContinue

Electric Fencing

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Jan 21. 0 Replies

Electric Deer Fence WorkshopLuke Freeman hosted a workshop at the incubator farm in Fayetteville, AR to demonstrate the use of the solar-powered electric deer fence. Luke built the fence with help from Extension specialist Kenny Simon and County…Continue

Beech control with triclopyr versus glyphosate

Started by Peter Smallidge in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Nov 20, 2019. 3 Replies

[I'm pasting from a recent email thread]Question - I'm working on a couple beech regen and mid story control projects.   I have been using Garlon 4 in oil.   Works good, but sometimes I want it to move through the roots and the Garlon doesn't do…Continue

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